An unusual and mesmerising novel from the cult Japanese author
Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down. Their parallel odysseys are enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerising dramas. Cats converse with people; fish tumble from the sky; a ghostlike pimp deploys a Hegel-spouting girl of the night; a forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since WWII. There is a savage killing, but the identity of both victim and killer is a riddle.
Murakami's novel is at once a classic quest, but it is also a bold exploration of mythic and contemporary taboos, of patricide, of mother-love, of sister-love. Above all it is an entertainment of a very high order.
“For sheer love of a thumping narrative, the novel delivers gloriously-Inventive, alluring'”
“Wonderful-Magical and outlandish”
“Cool, fluent and addictive”
“A magnificently bewildering achievement-Brilliantly conceived, bold in its surreal scope, sexy and driven by a snappy plot-Exuberant storytelling”
Independent on Sunday
“Murakami's most addictive fix to date”
“Engrossing and wildly inventive”
Times Literary Supplement
“A remarkable writer”
“'Laden with philosophical overtones and enchanting wit'”
“Murakami's exquisitely simple prose and deft evocation of the surreal are captivating and sublime.”